More Earthquakes Roll Through Challis this Past Weekend

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The Boise State University seismometer shows the shake on Saturday morning. - BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY SEISMOMETER
  • Boise State University seismometer
  • The Boise State University seismometer shows the shake on Saturday morning.
On the morning of Jan. 3, many Boise residents felt a tremor under their feet when a 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit four miles outside of Challis at 10:44 a.m—120 miles away.

Earthquakes continued to roll through the area, with at least four more striking on Jan. 4 according to the USGS. None were of the same magnitude of the first; the next biggest struck on Sunday afternoon at 1:21 p.m., with a magnitude of 3.7. That one was only two miles from Challis.

According to a Reuters report, some property was damaged in Challis and several rock slides occurred on Jan. 3. Local officials said the power around Custer County was also knocked out. There are no known injuries, but citizens noticed cracks in the walls of their homes.

Challis also experienced a 2.9-magnitude earthquake on Dec. 29 along with a slew of earthquake activity since March 2014. Challis sits near a fault that was thought to be dormant.